Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in circumstances that require help from a legal professional. In the pre-Internet days that meant to let your fingers do the walking and finding a lawyer in the Yellow Pages. But without a rating system in the phone book, it was often up to the client to go on their gut feeling when hiring help. TV commercials run rampant these days too, but often it’s style of substance, so buyer be aware.
We’ll get to more on the Internet, in a second. Another good way that still works today to hire an attorney, a plumber or even a dog groomer is by word-of-mouth. Whether you’re in a small town or a big city, ask your family and friends for recommendations. Find out whom they’ve used for legal services and if they’d hire that attorney again. If you don’t know someone in your inner circle that has needed legal help, put it out there on social media. Chances are a friend on Facebook, or a Twitter follower has had experience in recommending an attorney. This attorney: njdrunkdrivinglawyer.com, for example, was recommended to me by a distant friend on Facebook.
For this particular blog, we’re looking at some options for people looking for representation against charges of driving under the influence in the state of New Jersey. After a quick Google search, the site Avvo.com topped the list. The site is designed to answer a number of legal questions and has been featured on ABC News, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
The site gives state-by-state recommendations for attorneys in specialized fields of practice. When searching for an attorney who specializes in DUI cases in New Jersey, 448 matches appear. Then comes the process of weeding out all those recommendations. Avvo helps with that by rating attorneys on their site with several different types of criteria. The site promises there is no bias involved in the rating process. Once an attorney is “graded” they cannot buy a better rating.
Not only is there a website, but Avvo also has a free app iOS devices.
The professionals on this page are rated on a scale from one to ten by other attorneys, legal professionals, and clients. The site claims to feature 97 percent of the country’s attorneys. There are paid ads from attorneys. But Avvo maintains that does not cloud the reputation of its service. Like anything that involves your time and money, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion.